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't a grand speech, it wasn't a bold speech. >> cory stay with us, we want to get to some local numbers we're going to move on but thanks we're going to come back to you in a little bit. >> president obama reelected for another four years. californians overwhelmingly cast their votes for president obama. here's a look at the percentages president obama with 55%. mitt romney with 42%. 29% of the precincts reporting. california's 55 electoral votes obviously helped put president obama back in the white house for another four years. in florida, one of the key swing states, there were long lines at a lot of polling places that stretched well into the evening. observers say high voter turn out, long ballots 11 pages in some counties and some minor computer glitches contributed to long waits. we heard reports in some cases this is amazing of three hour waits in some spots during the lunch hour. and as of now, florida is still too close to call. >> for weeks the polls have pointed to a very tight presidential race coming down to a few key states. >> ken wayne and heather -- [captioner transition.
president alley election and david stevenson is in san francisco tonight to tell us what he is finding out about the question of turn out. >> reporter: the voting booths behind me here at the city hall are staying busy ahead of the polls closing at eight. san francisco has just overra 503,000 registered voter, typical turn out for the election is 71%. 9 elections department said it may be a lower figure this year. we have learned just over half of the 260,000 vote by mail ballots have been returned this evening but we are seeing a lot of people at this hour coming to vote in the booths including first time voters of all ages. >> first time working it's very important. i want to vote for this country. the united states. >> it was really exciting and it was shall -- i was really happy to involve before i couldn't vote. >> reporter: and despite the concerns about the turn out san francisco has two closely watched races and initiatives ranging from the gross receipt taxes plan to the possible branding of the reservoir. they expect to start releasing preliminary results of some of the ballots
might have overreacted. >>> many places serving as shelters are being used as polling stations. christy has ordered election authorities to allow displaced citizens to vote by e-mail or fax. also today, election officials decided to extend the deadline for those voters until friday. in new york, storm victims are also voting by e-mail or fax. 66 were relocated to manhattan. there was a delay in opening those voting booths because the generator needed fuel, but voters did get inside by 7:00 a.m. this morning. >>> several big and controversial ballots ballots. it would raise the income tax for people making more than $250,000 a year and raise the state's sales tax by a quarter of a%. >> proposition 38 would increase tax rates on a sliding scale for most californians from 2013 through 2024 to fund k-12 public schools and early education programs. it would pay down the state debt for the first four years. >> and 37 would require the labeling of food with genetically modified material. it's estimated that about 70% will cast ballots in today's voting. we are live where they're getting ready
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